Tuesday, February 26, 2013

New Stampin' Up! Classes Available On Line!

Craft Haven Retreats - New Stampin' Up! Classes Available On Line!

The Basics


Learn innovative ways to get the most out of your Stampin' Up! supplies (from stamps to the Big Shot) with clever tips and all the techniques you need to start creating with success. Divided into six sections focused on a variety of topics, Stampin' Up! on-line classes include videos, pdfs, and supply lists for 30+ projects.

Happy Stampin'!


Monday, February 25, 2013

Chrysalis Community Center 3rd Annual Ladies Spring Fling!

Craft Haven Retreats - Chrysalis Community Center 3rd Annual Ladies Spring Fling!

Craft Haven Retreats is going to attend the Chrysalis Community Center 3rd Annual Ladies Spring Fling event this year on Saturday, April 6, 2013.  This worthy fundraiser will held in Country Club Hills, IL at St. John's Lutheran Church from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Click HERE for more details about the event and a list of participating vendors!

Shhhhh!  Here is a tiny sneak peek of our inventory.  Don't tell Nanci that I posted it! :)

We saw this purse on Pinterst and had to make them.  A lovely Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Deb Lehigh shared a tutorial link from Demonstrator, Chiaki Haverstick with us.  Thank you so much Deb!  Click here to see Chiaki's tutorial. 
Are you still amused by the Dude, You're Welcome stamp kit that Stampin' Up! introduced earlier this spring?  I hope so!  Here is a new video that they shared recently--The Manly Stamper!  Remember, if you are viewing this post in an e-mail, click here to visit our blog and view the video!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

{MOJO}Monday 281 Meets Hoop La La

Craft Haven Retreats - {MOJO}Monday 281 Meets Hoop La La

Spring is coming!  I saw this cute sketch by Mary Fish on this week and knew that I wanted to use the Hoop La La stamp set!  I love the Print Poetry DSP--it's my favorite DSP currently!  What's your favorite Stampin' Up! DSP currently?

{MOJO}Monday281 Meets Hoop La La
Stamps:  Hoop La La
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Print Poetry DSP
Ink:  Gumball Green, Marina Mist, Summer Starfruit
Tools:  Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Boho Blossom and Bird Punch
Embellishments:  Gumball Green Ribbon and Brad

Happy Stampin'!


Monday, February 18, 2013

Sunshine Trio Magnificent Monday Guest on the Pink Paper Bakery Blog!

Craft Haven Retreats - Sunshine Trio Magnificent Monday Guest on the Pink Paper Bakery Blog!

I'm so honored to be today's Magnificent Monday guest on the PinkPaper Bakery blog! Thank you, Deena for inviting me to share some of my creations with your readers.

For today's cards, Sunshine Trio, my inspiration came from my favorite stamp from the Single Assortment # 4 - Sunshine! You Are My Sunshine was always a favorite bedtime song when my kids were young, and now I sing it to my grandchildren. So when Stampin' Up! released this new single stamp, I knew I just had to have it! I choose one of my favorite color combinations to work with, Whisper White, Basic Grey and Daffodil Delight. So sunny and cheerful, perfect for this set of cards!

You Are My Sunshine
Stamps:  Sunshine, Distressed Dots
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Grey, Daffodil Delight, Neutrals DSP
Ink:  Basic Grey, Daffodil Delight
Tools:  Cloudy Day Embossing Folder, Scallop Border Punch
Embellishments:  Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Brights Designer Buttons, White Baker’s Twine

Sunshine Hearts
Stamps:  Distressed Dots, Tiny Tags, Itty Bitties
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Grey, Daffodil Delight, Neutrals DSP
Ink:  Basic Grey, Daffodil Delight
Tools:  Framelits Hears, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Embellishments:  Designer Builder Brads, Tag Punch, White Baker’s Twine

 Sunshine Happy Birthday

Stamps:  Secret Garden, Itty Bitty Banners
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Grey, Daffodil Delight, Neutrals DSP, Sunshine and Sprinkles DSP
Ink:  Basic Grey, Daffodil Delight
Tools:  Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Secret Garden Framelits, Bitty Banner Framelits
Embellishments:  Rhinestone Jewel

I hope you enjoyed my cards.  Please visit Pink Paper Bakery for more Stampin’ Up! inspiration!

Happy Stampin'!


Sunday, February 3, 2013

The CASE of Masculine Valentines Featuring Fan Fair DSP

Craft Haven Retreats - The CASE of Masculine Valentines Featuring Fan Fair DSP

We wanted to create a few Valentines with a masculine flair!  Nanci and I had both pinned this awesome card on Pinterest by Rita Wright and I really wanted to make it (click here to see her original card!).

 I love Pinterest, you can always find the cards you love and where your inspiration came from! :)  We also had seen a quilted heart card that we both loved, so I made one to coordinate with our macho valentine.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that this card was also inspired by Rita Wright (click here to see her original card)! Thanks Rita for your inspiration!  Both cards use Nearly Navy, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Naturuals Ivory cards stock in addition to Fan Fair DSP.  Follow us on Pinterest - just click on our Follow Me on Pinterest buttons! There they are - those buttons just to the right of this paragraph! LOL!

Check out this new Sent with Love promotion from Stampin' Up!  It's only available through April 30, 2013.  Click on the image to order yours today! :)

Happy Stampin'!


Thursday, January 31, 2013

More Amore Valentines

Craft Haven Retreats - More Amore Valentines

Have you checked out the More Amore Suite in the Spring Catalog yet?  Here are a few quick Valentine Layouts by Nanci using the More Amore DSP.

 Seasonal Sayings Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper
More Amore DSP

Have you tried the new Soda Pop Tops?  Use them "as is" or run them through The Big Shot to flatten them!
Soda Pop Tops
Soda Pop Tops

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Soft Suede Valentines

Craft Haven Retreats - Soft Suede Valentines

Today's Valentine's Day cards feature a clean, crisp look using a Soft Suede and Midnight Muse color combination.  Quick hearts were cut from Comfort Cafe DSP using the Hearts Collection Framelits.  A little paper piercing, and a few quick accents made these Valentine's Day cards come together in no time!

All of today's cards use Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze and Soft Suede CS, Comfort Cafe DSP, and Soft Suede and Midnight Muse ink.

Whale You Be Mine?
Stamps :  Oh, Whale! Tools:  Happy Whale Clearlits Die,  Paper Piercing Occasions Pack

Be Mine

Stamps:  Mixed Medley (Holiday Mini Hostess)
Tools:  Paper Piercing Occassions Pack, 3/4" Circle Punch,
1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch,
 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 3/4 " Scallop Circle Punch

Sweet Friend

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Artisan Valentines

Craft Haven Retreats - Artisan Valentines

With Valentine's Day upon us, Love is in the air!  And, what better time of year for card making. With Stampin' Up!'s newest stamp sets, Designer Series Paper and embellishments, Valentine's Day card making couldn't be easier.  From romantic to whimsical, there's something for everyone!  This week at Craft Haven Retreats we'll be sharing with you some of our favorite Valentine's Day creations.

Today's card series feature some of the beautiful embellishments from the Artisan Embellishments Kit found the the Spring Catalog.  This wonderful kits come with gorgeous lace in 3 designs, seam binding, lacy doilies, paper flowers, buttons, resin flowers, and designer ticket stubs and tags!  When paired with Crumb Cake and Primrose Petals, this kit is perfect for a romantic style.

For all of today's cards we used Natural Ivory and Crumb Cake card stock, Primrose Petals and Crumb Cake inks, elements from the Artisan Embellishments Kit, and a touch of Print Poetry designer series paper.

Artisan Amour

Stamps: En Francais, Bliss (retired), Artistic Etchings, Affection Collection

Artisan Forever and Always

Stamps:  En Francais, Loving Thoughts

Artisan Happy Valentine's Day

Stamps:  En Francais, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Artisan Love

Stamps:  En Francais, Tiny Tags

Happy Stampin'!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Oh Happy Day! Sale-a-Bration is Here!

Craft Haven Retreats - Oh Happy Day!  Sale-a-Bration is Here!

It's time to celebrate because Stampin' Up!'s biggest event of the year is here!  During this exciting sale, you can earn many exclusive products - FREE!  For every $50 you spend between January 22 and March 22, 2013 you'll earn a Free product of your choice from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  There's no limit to the Free merchandise you can earn.  Click on the catalog below to view all of the exciting new items that are available exclusively during Sale-a-Bration.

And, if Sale-a-Bration isn't enough reason to celebrate, we'll give you one more! Today is our Birthday!  Yes, Melannie and I share the same Birthdays.  Happy Birthday to us!
Today's card, Oh Happy Day, features many of the new items you'll find in the Sale-a-Bration catalog. 
Stamps:  Bloomin' Marvelous
Ink:  Pool Party, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango
Paper:  Whisper White, Island Indigo, Sycamore Street DSP
Accessories:  Tangerine Tango Ribbon, Pool Party Button. Rhinestone Jewels
Happy Stampin'!


Monday, January 14, 2013

Faithful Friend

Craft Haven Retreats - Faithful Friend

Today's card features Stampin' Up!'s International Bazaar product suite.  This georgeous peacock is truly a treasure! When paired with the coordinating paper's bold colors and patterns, this beauty makes an exotic statement!

World Treasure (126765 w 126767 c)
Pacific Point (126951)
Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango and Lucky Limeade Stampin Markers
Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Lucky Limeade card stock
International Bazaar DSP (126920)
Apothecary Accents Framelits (127003)

2 New Stampin' Up! Deals - now through January 21st only!  Order yours today - just in time for all of your Valentine's Day card making.

Valentine's Specials

Happy Stampin'!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Dude, You're Welcome! Kit from Stampin' Up!

Craft Haven Retreats - Dude, You're Welcome! Kit from Stampin' Up!

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This kit is Stampin' Up!'s latest product for men who need a quick and easy way to tell that special someone they care . . . and feel like a mana the whole time.  Designed for men who normally wouldn't be caught dead stamping!  Please enjoy the video!

  Available for purchase on January 14th, 2013.  

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Introducing My Paper Pumpkin from Stampin' Up!

Craft Haven Retreats

Introducing My Paper Pumpkin from Stampin' Up!

Have you heard the news?  Stampin' Up! has started a monthly kit club!

Starting Monday, January 14, 2013 you can subscribe at and click on Get It!  
Beginning in March, kits will be shipped to your door monthly!  Kits are 19.95 + tax.  Shipping is included!  Everything you need to make the projects is measured, pre-cut, color-coordinated and included in the kit with the exception of adhesive.  What a deal!

To our customers: When asked to choose a demonstrator, please select Nanci Siegrist from Matteson, Illinois or Melannie Elder from Lansing, Illinois.  Thank you so much!

Time to 

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Stampin' Up! Teams with Google Catalogs!

Stampin' Up! now available on Google Catalogs in the US

In partnership with Google Catalogs, Stampin' Up! is thrilled to announce its first tablet-friendly catalog! It's interactive, it's easy--and it's now available for iPad and Android tablets in the US.

To access the catalog:
- Download the Google Catalog app (available through iTunes and Google Play).
- Sign in using your Google or Gmail account. If you don't have a Google account, you can create one by tapping the Sign Up button in the app.
- After you have signed in, search for Stampin' Up! in the Select Favorite Catalogs list.
- Select Stampin' Up! by tapping the small stamp icon next to the name, then tap Done.
- Click the "Favorites" icon at the bottom of the app, then tap the Stampin' Up! catalog cover to open it. That's it!

 Cool Features:- Browse the catalog with ease on your tablet.
- Get more information, see additional images (beyond what is available in the catalog), and zoom in on your favorite products.
- Watch videos from our YouTube channel right inside the app! Jump to the Stampin' Trimmer on page 180 (page 182 in the app) to see it in action.
- SHOP ONLINE! Order products directly from the app with just a few taps through Stampin' Up!'s online store.
Note: Google Catalogs is currently available in the US only and is not supported in Canada at this time. We will test this app in the US and make it available in Canada as soon as Google opens up their product to that market.

Here's a collage that I made using the Google Catalog app!  These are some of the products used in
yesterday's post, Feeling Sentimental.  This app is so much fun - you'll love it!

Happy Stampin'!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Feeling Sentimental

After an extended break, Melannie and I are back to our blog! We've missed all of our readers and are looking forward to sharing what we love - Stampin' Up! So much is new since our last post, it's hard to know where to start. We'll try to catch you up on our 2012 projects over the next few weeks, but today we thought we'd we jump right in and share with you a Sneak Peek from the upcoming Sale-a-Bration!

Feeling Sentimental Celebrate

Feeling Sentimental Oh, Hello

Feeling Sentimental There's Only One You

The nostalgic images in this wonderful set lend themselves beautifully to a vintage style, and pair perfectly with phrases from many of the other new stamp sets. And best of all, you can earn two of the sets featured here, Feeling Sentimental and Vintage Verses, FREE during Sale-a-Bration! (January 22 to March 22).

Stampin' Up! products used for today's projects:

Feeling Sentimental (2013 Sale-a-Bration), Vintage Verses (2013 Sale-a-Bration), That's the Ticket (128072 w, 128075 c), You're Amazing (126720 w, 126722 c), Oh, Hello (130730 w, 130733 c), Tiny Tags (118592 w, 118091 c)

Early Espresso (126974)

Vintage Trinkets (118764), Linen Thread (104199), Natural 7/16" Trim Ribbon (129287), Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons (2012 Holiday Mini)

Ticket Duo Builder Punch (126833), Jewelry Tag Punch (117190)

Click here to place your order

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